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The Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs for 2020

Recommended Ready-to-Ship, Pre-Assembled Desktops for Gamers Seeking Maximum Bang for Buck (Get the Fastest Performance for Your Money)


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Date Published: December 23, 2019

Feeling lazy and looking for the best prebuilt PC for gaming? Psh, unreal. But on a serious note, despite our obvious bias for building your own PCs and wholeheartedly recommending it to any gamer wanting the best PC for their money, sometimes you just gotta buy a pre-assembled computer for whatever reason. 

And that's totally fine; we're not here to judge, and besides, there are some respectable, decent-value, good prebuilt gaming PCs on the market. So if know what specs to look for, and carefully pick out a fair value desktop that's good for gaming performance, you can indeed come out a winner when buying a pre-assembled computer.

So if you're willing to pay a little extra for around the same (or less) performance and reliability compared to building a gaming PC yourself, in this buyer's guide we roundup some of the best prebuilt gaming PCs for the money right now as of late 2019 to help you on your hunt for a good prebuilt PC to dominate 2020 and beyond. Let's go.


Many prebuilts kinda suck, but some are okay if you know what to look for. Image Credit: BGC

Prebuilt computers aren't all horrible piles of steaming scrap metal that increase the odds of setting your house on fire tenfold, though such atrocities do exist so you must do your research if you want to choose a good prebuilt PC (and especially so as a gamer as you'll be taxing your system more than the average PC user). So while we do recommend building a computer yourself if you can muster up a little patience, courage, and set aside a day (or two) to assemble your first PC nice and slowly, maybe you have no interest in learning to do so, or perhaps you're strapped for time and don't mind paying the extra money for a convenient pre-assembled PC you can simply unbox, turn on, and start gaming with immediately.



Whatever your reasoning, if you understand that buying a prebuilt gaming PC will typically cost more money for the same (or worse) specs and gaming performance compared to choosing individual parts yourself, with a little careful shopping to avoid a straight-up dud droid of a desktop you can find a good one that will have you gaming in style and that won't let you down (well, hopefully not).

As with most tech purchases, you gotta stay on your toes when choosing a gaming computer to buy as it's easy to get sucked into hype and marketing and fall prey to fancy-looking machines that may say all the rights things in product listings, but that on more close inspection with a trained eye may reveal themselves as being made up of a bunch of low-quality, unreliable components bought from the back of a Jawa Sandcrawler for dirt cheap.

But living with less than the very best (in terms of component quality, performance and reliability) is a sacrifice you often must make with many prebuilt gaming PCs, especially when on a budget (though high-end prebuilt PCs can often also have average parts).

See Also: The Best Gaming Monitors of 2019


No shame in getting a prebuilt PC as there are some decent value, good-performing, reliable models if you keep your wits about you

If you want a helping hand pinpointing the best prebuilt gaming PCs on the market right now in late 2019 to avoid overpaying too much like a sucker, and end up satisfied with a new rig that'll perform well in games now and over the next few years, we hope these recommendations help somewhat on your hunt as they've been carefully hand-picked for maximum bang for buck.

We've broken up our recommendations of the best prebuilt PCs for gaming into the following categories to help you pinpoint the perfect new computer for your specific wants and needs:

  • Budget (Under $1000): If you're looking for the cheapest prebuilt PC that's still good for gaming, these are our top bang for buck picks right now for decent 1080p gaming performance.

  • High-End (Over $1000): If you're a more serious gamer wanting to play the latest games in either higher resolutions (like 1440p or 4K) or higher refresh rates (144Hz), this is the tier you want to look at. Same for VR; you'll want a powerful desktop in that category to take full advantage.

  • Mini (Small Towers): Smaller computers means less flexibility for upgrades and potentially less effective cooling, but these are sacrifices you must make if you prefer having a mini gaming PC (but there are some well ventilated models out there).
  • AiO (All in One): These are computers that are attached to the monitor and may be something to investigate if you don't mind sacrificing things like upgrade potential and cooling. Think Apple Mac, but for Windows gaming. AiO desktops aren't new and have been around forever in basic office computers, but it's only in recent years that gaming models packing high-end GPUs have started being made (and who knows, these may become more popular over time).


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Best Prebuilt Gaming PCs for Q1 2020 (Top Value Picks & Specs Cheatsheet)

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Under $600 (Good) SkyTech Archangel GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Ryzen 3 1200 4-Core 8GB DDR4 2400MHz ASRock A320M (Micro ATX) - 1TB 7200RPM 500w 80 Plus
Under $700 (Quite Good) SkyTech Blaze II (1660) GTX 1650 4GB Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core 8GB DDR4 3000MHz ASRock A320M (Micro ATX) 500GB - 500w 80 Plus
Under $800 (Very Good) Skytech Shadow 3.0 GTX 1660 6GB i5 9400F 6-Core 8GB DDR4 3000MHz ASRock B365M (Micro ATX) 500GB - 500w 80 Plus
Under $900 (Great) Skytech Blaze II (1660 Ti) GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core 8GB DDR4 3000MHz ASRock A320M (Micro ATX) 500GB - 500w 80 Plus
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Under $1000 (Excellent) SkyTech Shiva RTX 2060 6GB Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core 16GB DDR4 3000MHz ASRock A320M (Micro ATX) 500GB - 500w 80 Plus
Under $1500 (Super) Skytech Azure RTX 2070 Super 8GB Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 16GB DDR4 3000MHz B450 (ATX) 1TB - InWin 650w 80 Plus Gold
Under $2000 (Superb) Skytech Azure RTX 2070 Super 8GB i7 9700K 8-Core (& 240mm Liquid AiO) 16GB DDR4 3000MHz Z390 (ATX) 1TB - 750w 80 Plus Gold
Under $2500 (Amazing) Skytech Omega RTX 2080 Super 8GB i9 9900K 8-Core (& 360mm RGB Liquid Cooler) 16GB DDR4 3000MHz Gigabyte Z390 UD (ATX) 1TB - 750w 80 Plus Gold
Under $3000 (Ultimate) Skytech Prism RTX 2080 Ti 11GB i9 9900K (& 360mm AIO Liquid Cooler) G.Skill TridendZ 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RGB Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master (ATX) Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB (NVMe) Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM 750w 80 Plus Gold
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Under $500 (Okay) HP EliteDesk 705 G4 RX Vega 11 (integrated) Ryzen 5 2400GE 4-Core 8GB DDR4 2666MHz Proprietary (Non ATX) 256GB (NVMe PCIe M.2) - 65w (up to 89% efficiency)
Under $600 (Good) HP Pavilion 590-p0056 GTX 1050 2GB i5 8400 6-Core 8GB DDR4 2666MHz Proprietary (Non ATX) - 1TB 7200RPM 310w 80 Plus Gold
Under $1000 (Very Good) HP Pavilion 690-0020 Mini RX 580 4GB Ryzen 5 2400G 4-Core 8GB DDR4 2666MHz Proprietary (Non ATX) - 1TB 7200RPM 400w (upto 92% efficiency)
Under $1500 (Super) Zotac Mek Mini RTX 2060 Super 8GB i5 9400F 6-Core 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Proprietary (Non ATX) 240GB (NVMe M.2) 1TB 2 x 230w
Under $2000 (High-End) Corsair Vengeance 5182 RTX 2070 Super 8GB i7 9700 8-Core (& H100i RGB Platinum Liquid Cooler) Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4 2666Mhz (2x 8GB) B360 Micro ATX 480GB (NVMe M.2) 2TB 7200RPM Corsair TX650M 80 Plus Gold
Under $3000 (Extreme) MSI Trident X Plus 9SF-040US RTX 2080 Ti 11GB i7 9700KF 8-Core 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Z390i Gaming Edge AC (Mini ITX) 512GB (NVMe M.2) 2TB 5400RPM 650w 80 Plus Gold
Under $4000 (Ultimate) CUK Stratos RTX 2080 Ti 11GB (Liquid Cooled) i9 9900K 8-Core (Liquid Cooled) Corsair 32GB DDR4 3600MHz Z390I (Mini-ITX) 2TB (NVMe) 2TB 5400RPM HDD Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold
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Budget CUK Bionic G32 1440p 144Hz RX 5700 XT 8GB Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Proprietary (Non ATX) 512GB (NVMe M.2) 2TB 7200RPM 600w Gold
Best CUK Bionic G32 1440p 144Hz RTX 2080 Ti 11GB i9 9900K 8-Core 32GB DDR4 3000MHz Proprietary (Non ATX) 1TB (NVMe M.2) 2TB 7200RPM 700w Gold

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Things to Keep in Mind About Our Recommended Prebuilt PCs:

  • Prices were only correct at the time of writing, and since manufacturers/sellers may change prices at any time, any of our recommendations may fit into a tier below or above it at the time that you read this guide
  • While we do our best to provide the highest-quality, best bang for buck recommendations possible with our in-depth research process, don't just take our (or anyone's) word for it and do your own research to ensure you buy the best gaming desktop for your specific needs.
  • The product links above may be affiliate links, which means if you make any sort of purchase after clicking our links, we may get a small commission/kickback. However this comes at NO extra cost to you (it comes out of the retailer's pocket) and this doesn't affect our recommendations in any way.
  • Note: We've investigated and reported the full specs of each system to the best of our ability, but sometimes you can't find the exact full details and/or brand of a certain component - not even from the manufacturer (though if that's the case, it's unlikely we would list that system here and recommend it as we believe manufacturers should be fully transparent with their customers).


What to Look for in a Good Prebuilt Gaming PC

There are various specs to consider when on the hunt for the best prebuilt gaming PCs, but here's a quick overview of what to look for in a nutshell: (and see the FAQ below for more tips)

  • Look at Graphics Card First: For gaming, the most important component of all by far is the graphics card as it has the biggest say on how well your new system will perform in your favorite games (in other words, how high of a frame rate you'll get). Therefore, when choosing a good prebuilt PC for gaming look at the graphics card included first and foremost to quickly weed out desktops that aren't worth your time. Even computers marketed as "gaming PCs" may not have a good GPU inside, and if you're on a budget, may not even have a graphics card at all in the first place and instead rely on the integrated graphics capability of the CPU, which can sometimes be okay but oftentimes isn't enough if you want the best gaming performance. See the FAQ below for more on choosing a graphics card when choosing a prebuilt PC.

  • CPU Matters Too: While the video card is the most important component as gamers, and will largely dictate the gaming performance (read: frame rates) that your new system will achieve, the CPU is a close second so you need to look closely at what CPU you're getting as well. Make sure it's a suitable model for the price you pay by understanding a little about the current gaming CPU market. In general, you can't go wrong with either Intel or AMD, as both are good for gaming.
  • Get a Minimum 8GB of RAM: For modern gaming, 8GB of RAM is the minimum to shoot for so don't buy a prebuilt PC that doesn't have at least this amount. 16GB of RAM is ideal, and can help in certain demanding games, but if you're on a budget 8GB will have to do and its enough to play any modern game. But for prebuilt PCs over say $1000, look for 16GB of RAM if you can.
  • Big or Small Can Work Well: Gaming desktops come in all shapes and sizes these days, and there's nothing wrong buying a small form-factor (mini) gaming PC if that's what you prefer (perhaps you'll be sitting it in the lounge) so long as you investigate that it's not a model that overheats easily or runs too loud (which are two potential downsides to choosing a small gaming PC). Not everyone needs a large tower, but those do offer the most flexibility for future upgrades should you be considering doing some tinkering to your PC later on (such as upgrading the graphics card) as well as the best cooling performance for higher-end rigs.
  • Always Get An SSD: Going into 2020, there's now no excuse to not get a SSD for your main storage drive (where your operating system is stored on) as they're much more affordable these days. So when choosing a prebuilt PC for gaming, make sure it has at least a small SSD (Solid State Drive) unless it's a real cheap budget model, in which case you may have to settle for a traditional HDD (Hard Disk Drive) which isn't the end of the world.

  • Check the Warranty Period: Most prebuilts should have a 1 year warranty minimum, but you might as well check this is the case to be sure, especially if you're buying from a lesser known brand.




FAQ


Q: Are Prebuilt PCs Really That Bad Compared to Building Your Own PC?

A: Well, let's put it this way. The far majority of prebuilt computers on the market can be built for either less or the same price with better-quality and/or faster components if you do it yourself - especially as gamers looking for maximum frame rates for the money.

However, that's not to say that there are no good prebuilt PCs out there, as if you know what to look for and shop carefully you can find decent prebuilt PCs for gaming that won't break the bank. Besides, not everyone has the patience or interest to assemble a computer from scratch, no matter how straightforward it is to do these days if you just take your time with it, and some people are willing to pay extra for the convenience and time saved by buying a pre-assembled PC.

So to answer the question, prebuilt PCs aren't always that bad, and not every single one out there is a horrible buy as a gamer - to think in that black and white way is to adopt the mindset of the dark side (only a Sith deals in absolutes). Building your own PC is better than buying a prebuilt 9 times out of 10 if you want the most for your money, but a good prebuilt computer such as the ones we carefully hand-picked and recommend above is the next best thing (and again, is more convenient for those who are perhaps super-busy).


Q: What Graphics Card is Good in a Prebuilt Gaming PC?

A: Some prebuilt gaming PCs, even if they are indeed marketed to gamers, will be lacking in the graphics card department for its going price. For example, if you buy a $1000 prebuilt gaming PC (USD), and it only has a budget entry-level gaming graphics card like a GTX 1650 or RX 570 (which are cards you can easily find in much cheaper prebuilt PCs), then you're overpaying as a gamer. Same thing happens in the high-end gaming desktop market too, where you could find a tower that has a great high-end CPU like an i7 or i9 but is severely unbalanced when it comes to the graphics card as it might have a GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060 that would bottleneck your gaming performance.

To know which sort of graphics card you should look for when buying a prebuilt desktop, a good way is to compare the graphics card you could get for that same budget if you were to assemble your own custom gaming PC build yourself (in that guide you can get an idea of what makes a good graphics card for any given price). But of course you must also take into account the fact that buying a prebuilt gaming PC will typically cost more than building your own system, so you'll usually have to settle for a less powerful graphics card that's a tier under what you could get with your own custom PC build. 


Q: What are the Best Prebuilt PC Brands in 2019?

A: Some good prebuilt PC brands that come to mind that have produced respectable pre-assembled gaming desktops over recent years include CyberPowerPC, HP, Dell, Corsair, Acer, MSI and Alienware (not including custom made-to-order PC building companies like Xidax, though they're almost always super expensive). However right now in late 2019, Skytech is our top pick as the best overall value prebuilt PC company/manufacturer for gamers as they currently have some of the best value models on the market. Plus, keep in mind choosing the best prebuilt PC for gaming is more about comparing specific models, and not just about picking any prebuilt from one of the leading names we mentioned above as some (most?) of their models will actually be overpriced.


Q: Where is the Best Place to Buy Prebuilt Gaming PCs in the US?

A: If you're buying online to get the best price (the lower overheads of online stores means prices are almost always better than brick and mortar stores), Amazon is a good place to start as their range of tech products (and specifically pre-assembled gaming desktops) is quite vast and their prices are generally hard to beat compared to other online stores. B&H is another good, reliable online store to check for good prebuilt gaming PCs. But if you do buy in a physical store, check out Microcenter's range as you might find decent value there.


Q: Is Buying a Refurbished Prebuilt PC Worth It?

A: It sometimes can be, but it'll depend on the particular model, how much you're saving compared to buying a new gaming desktop, as well as what the warranty and/or return policy is like in case something goes wrong.

See Also: Which PC Parts Are Safe to Buy Refurbished


Q: When Are These Prebuilt PC Recommendations Updated?

A: This is actually the first ever iteration of this guide, but like our other guides on the site we'll update our recommendations of the current best prebuilt PCs for the money every few months or so, and potentially more frequently if we come across a better value gaming desktop in any particular price tier. If you find a better buy for any particular category that you think we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments below and we'll look into it as it'll help us keep this guide as helpful as possible for others trying to wade through the confusing gaming desktop market.

Though just remember that the best prebuilt gaming PCs we select are chosen on a variety of different factors, and not just solely on which computer has the fastest gaming performance for its price (though that is indeed a primary factor). Other things are important such as the specific specs and brands of all internal components, the overall reliability and trustworthiness/track-record of the manufacturer, the warranty, other features included for the price, and so on.



Your Feedback/Questions

Need help choosing the best prebuilt PC for gaming? Found a great value gaming desktop that we missed? Not happy with our choices? Feel free to speak your mind below.

Anyway, hope this guide helps you avoid buying a dud desktop and makes it a little easier to pick a winner among the vast choices out there. Good luck.